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Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Mt. Olive Methodist Church of Ovett for Mr. Tommy Joe Harper, age 85, of Ovett who passed from this life on November 6, 2019 at Forrest General Hospital. Bro. Chad Landrum and Bro. James Salters will officiate with burial to follow in the Mt. Olive Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Renard Harper, Bart Bartran, Chancey Harper, Walter Bartran, Brad Landrum and John Colton Landrum. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Roy Long, Bryan Harper and Jim Dorroh.

Mr. Harper was a member of Mt. Olive Methodist Church of Ovett. He served in the Naval Reserve and was a past president of Kiwanis. He was secretary of Elks Club and actively involved with the Jackson County Miss Mississippi Pageant. He also coached Pee Wee Football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vallie Harper; son, James R. Harper; sister, Lela Langlinais and brothers, George W. and Harold Harper.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Nell Harper of Ovett; sons, Larry Dean Harper, Clint (Carolyn) Landrum, and Kevin (Catrina) Landrum each of Laurel; 12 Grandchildren and 15 Great-grandchildren; sister, Nina (Robbie) Bartran of Laurel and brother, Vaster Scott Harper of Laurel.

Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Mt. Olive Methodist Church of Ovett. Jones and Son Funeral Home of Moselle will be in charge of services.

Memorials may be made to:

Mt. Olive United Methodist Church

Attn: Marilyn Long

2022 Ovett-Moselle Rd.

Ovett, MS 39464


St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105

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